Iran government launches state-sanctioned “dating app” to boost marriages and declining birth rates

The app has been developed by the Tebyan Cultural Institute, part of Iran’s Islamic Propaganda Organization.

According to media reports, Iran has unveiled a state-sanctioned Islamic dating app to facilitate lasting and informed marriages for its youth. The app is called ‘Hamdam’, which is Farsi for a companion.

Hamdam’s website claims it uses artificial intelligence to find matches only for bachelors seeking permanent marriage and a single spouse.

The only state-sanctioned matrimonial platform

Hamdam allows users to search for and choose their spouses. Iran’s cyberspace police chief, Colonel Ali Mohammad Rajabi, said:

It is the only state-sanctioned platform of its kind in the Islamic republic. While dating apps are popular in Iran, all other platforms apart from Hamdam are illegal.

Development of the app Hamdam

The app has been developed by the Tebyan Cultural Institute, part of Iran’s Islamic Propaganda Organization. Speaking at the unveiling of Hamdam, Tebyan head Komeil Khojasteh said:

Outside forces threaten family values. Family is the devil’s target, and [Iran’s enemies] seek to impose their own ideas on it. The app helps create healthy families.

App registration and user details

Hamdam’s website reads:

Registration is free because Hamdam has an independent revenue model. However, users must verify their identity and go through a psychology test before browsing. When a match is made, the app introduces the families together with the presence of service consultants, who will accompany the couple for four years after marriage.

The App is a solution for the Irani Government’s worries

Iran’s authorities, including the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have warned several times about the country’s rising age of marriage and declining birth rates.

Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament passed a bill in March titled:

Population growth and supporting families

According to reports, the bill mandates the government to offer significant financial incentives for marriage and encourage people to have more than two children while limiting access to abortion. The law awaits approval by the Guardian Council, tasked to check whether the bill is compatible with Islamic law and the constitution.

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