Oslo police are calling for a law amendment banning marriage between relatives

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Oslo police believe cousin marriage must be banned as part of the fight against honor crimes and social control.

This is evident from a letter from the police to the Oslo State Attorney’s Office, reports NRK.

The police believe the change can be made in both the Marriage Act and the Immigration Act.

In the proposal, the Oslo police state, among other things, that such a ban “can be an effective means of preventing and combating crime related to negative social control, forced marriage, honor-related violence and ill-treatment in close relationships”.

The police also point out that the health authorities have warned that children with parents who are cousins and relatives can face major health challenges.

According to figures from the Institute of Public Health, 41 percent of children born between 1967 and 2010 with Pakistani parents, have parents that are related.

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