The Islamic republic of Iran is continuing its assault on the human rights and freedoms of the Iranian youth by introducing an Islamic online “dating” website. This dating website is yet another attempt to inject Islamic barbarity into the lives of Iranian youth. The website is created to promote the regime’s misogynistic ideology and to control and channel the revolutionary zest of the Iranian people. This website will also be another form of social control, and severe repression of the most revolutionary age group in Iran. With this website, the Islamic regime of Iran is also trying to combat “immoral” online dating websites that many Iranian young people utilize.
There is no such thing as “dating” in Islam. If the word “dating” means anything, it would suggest an element of choice for both parties, which is especially important for women. Islam as a religion is profoundly patriarchal and the pages of Quran are bursting with verses that are both humiliating and oppressive towards women. Women in Islam do not have a choice, most notably when it comes to matters of marriage. For example, the Islamic law (sharia law) makes it legal to marry a 9 year old girl: legalizing paedophilia, as practiced by the prophet Muhammad himself. Under Islam women are also passed on as possession and sexual objects within the family structure.
What the regime considers as “immoral” is what the rest of humanity calls basic rights and freedoms. These “immoral” actions include holding hands, kissing, and any sexual contact outside of marriage. Further, Islam severely punishes adultery (execution by stoning) and homosexuality (flogging and hanging). It is difficult to envisage the horror of a website that would promote paedophilia, patriarchy, and homophobia, while perpetually collecting data for the Iranian secret police.
The Iranian youth want nothing less than to escape the Islamic regime’s tyrannical clutches on their life. The Iranian youth continuously resist the regime’s different attempts to deny them their right to enjoy their youth by any means possible. Iranian youth are joyful, jubilant and fiercely revolutionary! The regime’s “dating” website is another reminder of the desperation of the Islamic regime to control the youth that have found numerous ways to subdue the regime’s repression. This so called “dating” website is also another humiliating reminder to the regime that it is archaic and incompatible with the 21st century.