“Marriages between close relatives is increasing. While the number accounted for 11.7% of marriages in 1996, it reached 40% and 43.8% in 2000 and 2007 respectively.”
Earlier, a study, conducted by the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), had said that some 60% of those with disabilities were found to be born to “closely-related parents” in Qatar.
It urged for the enforcement of the pre-marital medical test law, saying that 34.5% of disabled people were born to parents of first-degree relatives, while 25.2% were to parents of second-degree relatives.
The study also noted that number of nuclear families in Qatar has significantly increased at the expense of the extended ones.
“While the number nuclear families increased from 74% in 1976 to 82% in 2004, that of the extended families declined to 18% in 2007,” the study said.
Source: Gulf Times