Hamsarchat - which meas spouse chat in Iranian - stressed that its aim was to promote marriage rather than mere "friend-finding".But Raja News, a fundamentalist website close to the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said the ban had been issued because of the online posting of clients' pictures and email addresses.Fariba, 31, is a newly divorced attorney living in Tehran who, in a phone conversation, tells Al-Monitor she blames her divorce on online dating.
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He is a Sharif University graduate, brilliant and good-looking.
"All I knew," she says, "was that he was unable to hold a job. Once we moved in together on our wedding night, I found out that he is addicted to crystal meth.
The site marketed itself as "Iran's most complete spouse-finding website" an promised to link members with "the closest person or persons to your standards" in return for a 25,000 rial (£1.66) fee, the paper said.