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Couple discovers they are siblings after 24 years

A Pakistani couple united in an arranged marriage over 24 years ago recently learnt that they were in fact of the same parents , SMACK reports .

The siblings, who were separated as children after the tragic death of their parents , were later adopted by different families until they later married each other.

It took about 24 years for them to realise the truth .

“ We thought our marriage was normal, we thought we were cousins” explained Abdul Rahim, 47 .

“ Everybody in town knew we were brother and sister but no one had the courage to tell us until now , ” said the sister turned wife , Aisha, in tears ..

Anthropologist Juliane Edwards , who has studied the case of incestuous arranged marriages in Pakistan for decades is not surprised the least by the situation.

“ It ’ s a cultural thing. When endogamous consanguineous marriages , or marriages between cousins , is socially acceptable, then marriage between siblings doesn ’ t seem as far -fetched, ” she explained .

“ I’ ve repeatedly studied cases in Pakistan where widowed fathers would marry one or more of their daughters, ” she admitted.

“ I’ ve heard of one case where one man’ s daughter was allegedly very ugly and could not find a husband , so he forced his son to marry his own sister as a punishment for being lazy , ” she recalls.

Last year, a Pakistani Federal Shariat Court judge made international headlines after refusing to allow a woman to divorce her brother from an arranged marriage stating that being siblings “ was not enough of a justification” to obtain court approval for divorce under Sharia law.

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