Iran has invented a "state Tinder" to encourage weddings

Iran has invented a state Tinder to encourage weddings

Users will only be able to search for one partner via the app and will be followed by counselors for up to four years after the wedding

(photo: Morteza Nikoubazl / NurPhoto via Getty Images) Against the high divorce rate and the drop in births in Iran, the state takes the field, but in an unconventional way. The country has in fact announced through its official television the launch of a free app called Hamdam - "companion" in Farsi - a sort of Tinder in compliance with Islamic law. Like a normal dating app, it allows people to search and choose a partner.

Dating apps are already popular in Iran, but it seems that from now on only Hamdam will be legal. It is the only platform of this kind authorized by the state in the Islamic Republic, in fact also reported the head of the Iranian police that deals with the control of the web, Colonel Ali Mohammad Rajabi.

Hamdam was developed by Tebyan Cultural Institute which is part of the Islamic Propaganda Organization. According to authorities, the app uses artificial intelligence to find matches "only for bachelors seeking a permanent marriage" and a single wife.

According to Hamdam's website, users must verify their own identity and undergo a psychological test before surfing. Even matching someone is not as immediate and without consequences as on Tinder. When a match is found, the app "introduces families together with the presence of service consultants", who will "accompany" the couple for four years after getting married. In Iran, pre-marriage relationships are criminalized and Hamdam appears to have a strong adherence to the values ​​of Islamic law.

The head of the Tebyan Cultural Institute, Komeil Khojasteh, speaking at the inauguration said the app will create healthy families at a time when family values ​​are threatened by the "Devil" and the enemies of Iran.

According to the statistics of the National Organization for Civil Registration, about 307,300 marriages and 99,600 divorces were registered in Iran between March and December 2020. The annual growth of the Iranian population meanwhile dropped to 1.29% in 2020.

Iran is trying to fix the country’s aging problem in other ways as well. In March, the Iranian parliament approved a bill for population growth and family support. The text provides economic incentives for marriage and if there are more than two children, but on the other hand it imitates access to abortion. The law awaits the approval of the Council of the Guardians of the Revolution.

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