Outspoken

British baroness defies social taboo to advocate against intermarriage

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In a searing Op-Ed for The Daily Mail, Britain’s Baroness Flather lashed out at the “inbreeding” she says has become rampant among the Pakistani immigrant community there. Flather, who is Pakistani born and Britain’s first Asian baroness said, “Britain can rightly take pride in its tolerant outlook … but there is a danger that such tolerance sometimes degenerates into a cowardly reluctance to tackle damaging social practices.” Her article stipulates that intermarriage is largely followed by migrant families originating from the Kashmir region of Pakistan. She says, “The term ‘inbreeding’ is an unpleasant one, but it is an exact description of what is happening in 21st-century Britain, despite everything we now know about genetics.” She cites a study of Britain’s Bradford region which “found that 37 percent of babies of Pakistani origin had parents who were first cousins.” A 2011 survey revealed that in Bradford, 70 percent of Pakistani women marry one of their relatives. Baroness Flather has been publicly chastised by Lord Sheikh and the Muslim Council of Britain who called her “bigoted,” but her response is, “If it is bigoted to be concerned about women’s rights and disability, then I wear the insult with pride.”

Read the full story at the Daily Mail.

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