Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Iranian eHarmony

Looking to meet that right person in Tehran? Help will soon be available.

The Iranian government is to set up a network of marriage bureaux to help young Iranians find a husband or wife.

The other options aren't great, and concerns are arising.

Most Iranian marriages are not exactly arranged, but relatives often take it on themselves to introduce suitable candidates. There are even reported to be private matchmaking organisations, effectively dating agencies, some of them run by clerics.

It seems the government is worried that some young Iranians might be getting into unsuitable relationships, our correspondent says.

If you're a college-educated male, opportunity may be knocking.

And, now that more than 60% percent of university students are female, many Iranian women are complaining they can't find a husband to match their level of education.

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