If the first cousin has a child, the risk of infant death and birth defects increases. If there was a health risk, it would have been present in the Qur’an, as Asim believes.
The short version
- The Norwegian Public Health Institute (FHI) warns of health problems among cousin children. The government proposes to impose a ban on marriage between close relatives such as cousins and aunts/uncles/nephews/nieces.
- The purpose is to prevent health damage to children and reduce the risks of forced marriage.
- Asim, a Norwegian-Pakistani married to his cousin, rejects the health risks because he believes the Qur’an warns against them.
- The risk of stillbirth, infant death and congenital malformations is higher among first-cousin babies, a WHO study shows.
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In Norway, it is not forbidden to marry one’s cousin. But now it can be. The government presents a proposal to amend the marriage law
Marriages between aunt/uncle and nephew/niece can also be prohibited. The purpose is to prevent health damage in children. The authorities assume that they will also be able to reduce the risks of forced marriage.
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