The instruction was made after many marriages at an early age were reported in the province's remote areas and districts with industrial zones, such as Tan Hung, Duc Hue, Moc Hoa, Duc Hoa and Ben Luc.

According to Viet Nam law, girls over 18 years old and boys over 20 years old are allowed to marry.

The provincial authority said child marriages have affected women's reproductive health and children's health, as well as social order.

To prevent child marriage, Long An People's Committee has assigned the Department of Justice to better educate residents about marriage law.

The Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs was asked to conduct a survey on causes of early marriages and to map out policies on vocational training for young people who may be involved in child marriages so they could more easily find jobs.

The Department of Education and Training was asked to introduce sex and reproductive health education and family planning into the high school curriculum.

The authorities at the commune level were asked to punish people involved in child marriages and issue birth certificates to children born from early marriages so that these babies could get health-insurance services.

AsiaOne News - October 17, 2011