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Iran unveils matchmaking app to advertise marriage

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday inaugurated a matchmaking utility designed to advertise marriage within the nation, the place authorities involved concerning the divorce fee , state media reported.

An Iranian government-affiliated cultural physique launched the app dubbed Hamdam, or “companion.” It says the app will assist youthful folks discover the fitting mate for a “sustainable marriage.”

Reportedly there are 13 million younger single folks — outlined as age 18-35 — in Iran. In 2019, the nation reported greater than 170,000 divorces and a few 520,000 marriages.

Discovering companions for singles and on-line consultations are among the many app’s features. The app additionally performs a social and psychological teaching function, officers mentioned.

Throughout a ceremony marking the inauguration, parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf mentioned the app will assist younger folks through the use of trendy and scientific strategies.

Komeil Khojasteh, head of the Tebyan Cultural Institute, which developed the app, mentioned tens of millions of single younger folks reside within the nation of greater than 80 million and the “rising divorce fee and reduce within the variety of marriages” are amongst Iran’s main issues.

Web sites with comparable features have been put in service by the institute up to now however the app is designed to serve extra folks, mentioned Khojasteh.

The transfer is a part of authorities efforts to keep away from an getting older inhabitants. Iranian officers have lengthy known as for a inhabitants improve as hard-liners see the issue on account of the cultural and social affect of the West.

Iran registered some 1.2 million births in 2019, down from 1.52 million in 2016. The beginning fee in 2019 was 1.8 kids per mom, down from 2.07 kids in 2017.

Greater than half of Iran’s inhabitants is beneath age 35 and sexual relations earlier than marriage are unlawful.

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