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Iran liberalization – First dating site launched officially

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Government to encourage marriages through Dating Website 

Around 11 million youth are unmarried in Iran and this has become a major worry for Government. Government of Iran decided to encourage marriage in the young generation and opened one match making site.

The traditional role of Iranian families and local matchmakers in arranging marriages has declined in recent years. Under the Islamic Republic  constitution, the government is obliged to encourage marriage.

Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Mahmoud Golzari stated ” We have high demand for marriage and 11 million bachelors who are increasing every day, This is a significant issue for the ruling system,The website, http://hamsan.tebyan.net provides a platform for singles to post their profiles and specify what they are looking for in a potential spouse. A board of mediators matches applicants after reviewing their age, education, wealth and family background.”

Golzari insisted the website is not a dating portal

After several years of successful policies aimed at curbing population growth, Iran, with a population of 80 million, has begun encouraging young people to marry and have more children. The government fears that an aging population could one day overwhelm its social programs.

Iran has changed few policies like providing pills and other precautionary measures to control the family size. Government took this step as the young generation is drifting away from marriage and opting for live-in or long term relationship.

The culture in young generation has been strongly influenced by the neighboring countries like Dubai. To keep the culture and family values intact in Iran, Government initiated this step to promote marriage among youth generation.

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