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Do we need a law against incest? (15 April 2012) (European Union)

guardian.co.uk

The European human rights court has upheld a German ruling against sibling incest, but some questions remain unanswered

The European court of human rights is no stranger to controversy. Last Thursday, however, Strasbourg played it safe and did the expected. The court ruled it was all right to have a law against incest.

The man who brought the case was Patrick Stübing – a young German, who was separated from his family as a little child. When he was in his 20s, he looked for and found his biological mother. He also found his sister, with whom he fell in love. After their mother's death, the siblings began a sexual relationship, which produced four children.

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