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12/24/08

Iran Wedding Bell Blues

Source: Press TV

Iran would need to increase annual marriages by nearly four-hundred thousand to limit potential problems after a period of five years.


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Although marriage is recognized to be a stabilizing factor in today's society, the National Organization for Civil Registration (NOCR) has revealed that there have been 53 thousand divorces as opposed to a mere 486 thousand marriages in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year.

This is while, according to an Iranian presidential aide, a whopping 1.2 million marriages per year are necessary to ease the situation faced by Iranian youth by around 2013.

According to the Iranian official, many couples have been unable to marry due to economic and societal problems, high expectations and unemployment.

"Iran would need to increase annual marriages to 1.2 million from their current level of 841 thousand to reach a favorable level in five years time," says Mohammad-Javad Hajj-Ali-Akbari, who heads the National Youth Organization.

The presidential aide put the number of those currently awaiting marriage at 15 million.

The high price of weddings has also pushed young Iranians away from marriage.

He also touched on the differences in education between women and men, suggesting that the education gap has also posed problems for the country.

Over 60 percent of university students are female.

The Iranian official added, however, that Tehran is taking measures to overcome some of the obstacles that have rendered young people unable to marry.



Group student weddings are organized by universities in Iran to ease problems created by high wedding expenditures.

According to Hajj-Ali-Akbari, Tehran will make changes in marriage laws and launch an initiative to create new jobs.

The Iranian government also plans to launch new outreach programs in an effort to develop more understanding on marriage-related issues for those seeking consultation.

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