Deputy of Ministry of Sport & Youth Affairs, Bagher Pishnamazi, said Iranian government is going to open official dating centers in major cities which will operate both in office and online websites. Recently the number of unofficial dating websites has been increased in Iran and many young people have been attracted to these services.
Bagher Pishnamazi invited the interested parties to apply for accreditation from Sport ministry but they must introduce clear location for their operations. He also said the ministry is working hard to organize dating websites according to Islamic rules.
Currently the active unofficial online dating websites are not certified by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Some of them even violate Islamic Republic’s fundamental rules and offer escorts services to Iranians as the government and local police don’t monitor them regularly. Prostitution in Iran is illegal, and incurs various punishments ranging from fines and jail terms to execution for repeat offenders.
During the recent years, Iran’s rulers have put many efforts to separate males from females in order to reduce the potential dangers for women. This has led to many protests in the country. It’s worth noting that Ministry of Science, Research and Technology has instructed universities to divide students base on their genders.