THANH HOA - The central Thanh Hoa Province's People's Committee has approved a project to end child marriage and marriages between blood relatives among ethnic people.
The project will be implemented in the province during the 2016-20 period, with a total capital of VND9.974 billion (S$633,000).
Statistics from the province's Department of Ethnic Minority Affairs showed that there were 1,207 child marriages and 86 marriages between bloods relatives in the province between 2011 and June this year.
Most of the above-mentioned marriages occurred within ethnic minority communities and remote areas such as Muong Lat, Quan Hoa, Quan Son and Ba Thuoc.
Pham Van Do, acting head of policy and information office under Thanh Hoa Province's Department of Ethnic Minority Affairs, said the maximum number of child marriages was in the districts of Muong Lat, Quan Son, Quan Hoa and Ngoc Lac. Most of marriages between bloods relatives take place among Mong and Thai ethnic people.
He also said the number of child marriages might be higher due to difficulties in collecting information.
Every year, 250 to 400 child marriages and more than 20 marriages between bloods relatives are recorded in the province.
The province is home to the six ethnic minority communities of Muong, Thai, Tho and Mong, besides Dao and Kho Mu.
Once the project implemented, it will help the local residents to understand better the effects of child marriage and marriages between bloods relatives on their lives.