From Bhai to Bae - Why Are Pakistanis So Obsessed With Cousin Marriages? - Capital TV

June 3, 2023


From Bhai to Bae – Why Are Pakistanis So Obsessed With Cousin Marriages?

Mahnoor Tariq

A Twitter user named Ammar Khan @rogueonomist retweeted a thread on cousin marriages and shared a document on the stats of it, “64% of all marriages in Pakistan are b/w a first cousin, or second cousin, or another relative.  First cousin on father’s side is the dominant pick, followed by first cousin on mother’s side.” 

What you need to know:

According to research conducted at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, more than half of the country’s people wed their first cousins. This is a widespread practice across many cultures and nations, but it is far more prevalent in Pakistan than in any other nation due to a high rate of 55–60% of people getting married to their first cousins.

There were Twitter users who stated what could be the reason behind this.

Pakistanis are not happy with these findings as they think cousin marriages bring more baggage.

Statistics outside Pakistan:

One of the greatest Pakistani communities in Britain is in Bradford. Over there, 75% of Pakistanis marry first cousins. Between 4 and 10% of the children born into these households are likely to have genetic defects, which can be deadly. Recessive genetic illnesses cause one-third of youngsters to pass away before turning five.

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