I was forced to marry my cousin - it's normal in my culture, but SO WRONG For Khaleda, who was born in Britain and took GCSEs and A-levels at her British school in the hope of becoming a teacher in this country, was forced by her father to go to Pakistan and marry his cousin - a man 20 years her senior, who spoke no English and whom she had never even met. And according to Khaleda - who today, having escaped "the marriage from hell," lives in hiding with her British partner, Phil - she is far from alone. ........... "It is well known within the community that such marriages do produce deformed babies. No one talks about it, but it is one of the reasons why I found such a marriage to someone so closely related to myself to be so very repugnant. "Just before I was forced to marry I heard of one of my cousins who'd been forced to marry her auntie's son." "They had a baby daughter who died and when they asked doctors why, they were told it was because of inter-breeding. They were told the parents were too closely related to have a normal baby." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/femail/article.html?in_article_id=513757&in_page_id=1879 So wrong. this IS happening in America.