Iran has filed a request for Islamic dating aimed at facilitating a “lasting and informed marriage” for its youth.
Called Hamdam – Farsi for “companion”: the service allows users to “find and choose their spouse,” state television said Monday.
It is the only state-sanctioned platform of its kind in the Islamic Republic, according to the head of the Iranian cyber police, Colonel Ali Mohammad Rajabi.
While dating apps are popular in Iran, Rajabi said all other platforms except Hamdam are illegal.
Developed by the Tebyan Cultural Institute, which is part of Iran’s Islamic Propaganda Organization, Hamdam’s website claims that it uses “artificial intelligence” to find matches “only for singles seeking permanent marriage and a single spouse “.
“The Devil’s Purpose”
Tebyan chief Komeil Khojasteh, speaking during the inauguration, said family values were threatened by external forces.
“The family is the devil’s goal and [Iran’s enemies] trying to impose their own ideas on it, ”he said, adding that the app helps create“ healthy ”families.
According to the Hamdam website, users must verify their identity and pass a “psychology test” before browsing.
When a match is made, the app “introduces families along with the presence of service consultants,” who will “accompany” the couple for four years after marriage.
Registration is free, as Hamdam has “an independent revenue model,” the website said without further explanation.
Decreased birth rate
Iranian authorities, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have repeatedly warned against raising the country’s marriage age and lowering the birth rate.
In March, Iran’s conservative ruling parliament passed a bill entitled “Population Growth and Support for Families.”
It orders the government to offer significant financial incentives for marriage and to encourage people to have more than two children, while limiting access to abortion.
The law is awaiting approval by the Guardian Council, which is responsible for verifying that the bills are compatible with Islamic law and the constitution.