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Having trialled the system for a year, during which it said 130 such intermediaries had introduced 3,000 men and women -- with 100 couples getting married -- it will now launch fully.“We face a family crisis in Iran,” Mahmoud Golzari, a deputy minister for sport and youth, said.“There are many people who are single, and when that happens it means no families and no children,” he said, defending the need for the website.“This should have happened a long time ago.”Many young Iranians cite the country’s strict social mores and pressure to get married as a heavy burden.
Economic factors, such as high youth unemployment, are also blamed for rising marriage ages – currently 30.6 for men and 26.7 for women in Tehran.
At pains to point out it was not offering an online dating service, officials said the “Find Your Equal” website hoped to reverse a surge in young Iranian adults, currently 11 million, who are still single.
It will do so by using a network of matchmakers – clerics and people of good standing in their communities, such as doctors, teachers or other professionals – to pair people off.
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TEHRAN // An alarming rise in the number of young Iranians who are shunning marriage prompted an unprecedented move from the government on Monday – the launch of a matchmaking website.
It comes amid deep alarm in the Islamic republic, where sex outside marriage is forbidden, that family values are under threat and fears that the population could eventually fall.