The recommendation follows a decision by the European Court of Human Rights upholding the conviction of a Leipzig man for having a sexual relationship with his sister. The man has served several years in prison, owing to his refusal to abandon the relationship. His sister was judged to be less responsible and was not jailed. Incest between adults is not a crime in all jurisdictions.
The incest taboo is one of the most widespread of all cultural taboos , both in present and in past societies. In most cases, the parents did not have the option to marry to remove that status, as incestuous marriages were, and are, normally also prohibited. A common justification for prohibiting incest is avoiding inbreeding : a collection of genetic disorders suffered by the children of parents with a close genetic relationship. In some societies, such as those of Ancient Egypt , brother—sister, father—daughter, mother—son, cousin—cousin, aunt—nephew, uncle—niece, and other combinations of relations within a royal family were married as a means of perpetuating the royal lineage.
Shocking incest map of Europe reveals where sex is LEGAL between consenting siblings
When I was in High School in Jos, I lived in a hostel where the housemother banned students in her hostel from dating each other. She felt that it was incestuous. The students found this ridiculous because those dating were not related by blood. What we had were couples in the hostel creeping around and finding ways to spend time together without being caught. I remember once when the hostel bus came to pick us up from school and one of the couples was almost caught together.
Laws regarding incest i. Besides legal prohibitions, at least some forms of incest are also socially taboo or frowned upon in most cultures around the world. Incest laws may involve restrictions on marriage rights, which also vary between jurisdictions. When incest involves an adult and a child, it is usually considered to be a form of child sexual abuse. Laws regarding incest are sometimes expressed in terms of degrees of relationship.