Child marriage and pregnancy phone lines launched


The Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Unicef set up two hotlines related to child marriage and youth pregnancy.

According to the ministry, people being forced into child marriage face many crises and their parents should avoid it. The rate of child marriage is still high in the northeastern regions of Cambodia.

Sar Sineth, deputy director of the ministry’s Legal Protection Department, said on Thursday the announcement of the hotlines is to help citizens report issues and receive counselling.

“The announcement of these numbers is aimed at providing services to victims and help reduce tensions and problems they feel they cannot speak about.

“As a first step, we listen to them and then we provide mental and legal counselling. Later, if they still have problems, we will seek out services near to them for help,” he said.

Sineth said the regions most affected are Mondulkiri and Ratanakkiri provinces.

“We see many people in Ratanakkiri and Mondulkiri provinces (mostly indigenous people) getting married at a young age.

“They have suffered many impacts such as pregnancy. They become mothers at a young age causing a risk to their children and health problems. They also experience domestic violence,” he said. — Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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