Iran has unveiled a state-sanctioned Islamic dating app that is intended to enable its youth to have a “permanent and informed marriage,” state television reported.
The service called Hamdam – Farsi for “companion” – enables users to “search and choose their spouse,” the broadcaster announced on Monday.
According to the Iranian cyberspace police chief Colonel Ali Mohammad Rajabi, it is the only state-sanctioned platform of its kind in the Islamic Republic. While dating apps are popular in Iran, Rajabi said that all other platforms except Hamdam are illegal.
Hamdam’s website was developed by the Tebyan Cultural Institute, which is part of the Iranian Islamic Propaganda Organization.
Tebyan boss Komeil Khojasteh said at the revelation that the family’s values â€‹â€‹were threatened by outside forces. â€œFamily is the devil’s goal, and [Iranâ€™s enemies] try to enforce their own ideas, â€he said, adding that the app helps createâ€œ healthy â€families.
According to Hamdams website, users are required to verify their identity and pass a “psychological test” before surfing.
During a match, the app introduces the families â€œtogether with the presence of service advisorsâ€ who â€œaccompanyâ€ the couple four years after the marriage.
Registration is free because Hamdam has â€œan independent revenue model,â€ the website said without further explanation.
Iran’s authorities, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have issued several warnings of the country’s rising age at marriage and falling birth rates.
In March, the conservatively dominated Iranian parliament passed a law entitled â€œPopulation growth and family supportâ€.
It obliges the government to provide significant financial incentives for marriage and encourage people to have more than two children while restricting access to abortion.
The law requires the approval of the Guardian Council, which is supposed to check the compatibility of draft laws with Islamic law and the constitution.