Cyber Police Weed Out Fraudulent Spouse Seekers

Hamsan was launched to facilitate marriage for the youth, and the website is based on an Iranian-Islamic model that is the foundation of the country’s culture and customs
It is the only website to have been granted a legal permit.It is the only website to have been granted a legal permit.

Since its launch in June 2015, the first official matchmaking website ‘Hamsan,’ (Find Your Equal), in Iran has met with great enthusiasm. There are 11.2 million singles in the marriageable age among the 80 million population.

“Nearly 50,000 people have signed up hoping to find their potential life partner, among whom some 8% were previously married,” said project manager Zohreh Hosseini, as reported by Mehr News Agency.

Hamsan is not an independent website but a subsidiary of which offers educational and cultural content and services to its users. Despite what its name might suggest it is not a dating site and was set up in cooperation with the judiciary, in conformity with Iranian-Islamic lifestyle.

The program does not provide for direct interaction between girls and boys and has been assessed and evaluated for over a year to incorporate a model that upholds Iranian-Islamic values and observes the social ethos of Iranians. Comprising four sections: registration, counseling, information verification and board of moderators, the entire process is meticulous and couples are given three months time to get to know each other.

“Nearly 10,000 couples have been matched and introduced, and about 300 marriages took place through the website,” Hosseini said.

During the registration process the spouse-seeker has to fill out details about his/her personal information such as height, weight, skin color, dress type, salary and also details about family members. After filling out the information the applicant has to also answer a psychological questionnaire. The information will then be studied by a team of marriage experts to find the prospective spouse for them.

  Legal Website

Iran’s Cyber Police says the matchmaking website for marriage has a permit from the Interior Ministry.

“So far, only this website has been granted a permit and the necessary approvals. No other website has a license for matchmaking activities in the country,” said Ali Nik Nafis, a cyber police official.

Hamsan was launched to facilitate marriage for the youth. The website is based on an Iranian-Islamic model that is the foundation of the country’s culture and customs.

“But large numbers of those who register on the website are seeking relationships out of wedlock, second or temporary marriages, and even make fraudulent proposals. These people are identified by our team and removed from the website list,” Nik Nafis added.

Most applicants are women born in the 1980s and men born in 2000 and after. An equal number of men and women born in the 1990s are among the applicants.

A number of educational articles on the topic of marriage and relationships are also available on Hamsan. On the mother website Tebyan, users are able to ask questions from the experts and seek advice. is affiliated to the Islamic Propaganda Organization which was launched in 2002.

A common complaint by most visitors of the matchmaking website reflected in the comments section is that the website does not facilitate residents of all 31 provinces, and is only active in Tehran, Alborz, and Isfahan provinces.

  Fourth Priority

Marriage is not the first priority on the list for the Iranian youth and comes fourth after employment, education, home ownership as per a survey conducted in 2012. The younger generation is more concerned with improving their financial status rather than creating a home and family.

A result of the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) decline (1.9 currently from 6 in the 1980s) is the rapid aging of the population, with the median age rising from 18 years in 1979 to 29 at present. The average age will exceed 40 by 2050, according to UN Population Division estimates.

The population challenges have nudged the authorities to frame policies that encourage the youth to get married and start families.

Data from the National Organization for Civil Registration (NOCR) shows that women are now getting married at 27.2 years and men at 31 years, on average. The previous figures were 23.8 for women and 28.5 for men. The marriage rate has declined in the last 3.5 years — down 1.9% in 2012, 5.1% in 2013, 6.7% in 2014 and 7.2% in the first months of 2015.