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'Why I oppose first cousin marriage'

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Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today show that the infant mortality among the UK Pakistani community is double the rate for the rest of the UK.

"Mazhar", who does not want us to use his real name, is a British Pakistani from Yorkshire who married his first cousin. He told the Today programme's Zubeida Malik how the marriage came about.

This is an extended version of the broadcast interview.


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