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It has attracted more than 56,000 members since its launch in April, according to developer Lindu Cipta Pranayama.
But women’s rights campaigners have criticized the app, warning of a strong link between polygamy and domestic violence.
It allows users to swipe left or right on a person’s profile to signal their willingness – or not – to meet them, similar to the popular mobile dating app Tinder.
Under Indonesian law, a man needs formal consent from his first wife and approval by a religious court to enter into a polygamous marriage.
“Due to the controversy, I initially wanted to permanently shut down the site, but when I saw many women in their 40s of 50s who are still virgins and unmarried I decided to keep it,” Pranayama told AFP Tuesday.“Can you image being in your 40s or 50s but never been touched by a man?
Lindu Pranayama, the 35-year-old developer of the app called Ayo Poligami, said the idea came to him a year ago when he was scrolling through a dating app.Chaiwala said in an email that filtered settings may affect the total number of users you see, and that the site's membership recently broke 5,000 users.A Tinder-style dating app for polygamists has sparked controversy in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation – but its developer says he “just wants to help” unmarried middle-aged women.Indonesian men who apply to one of the country’s Islamic courts, which have jurisdiction over marriage, are able to take a second wife under certain circumstances.For example, a court may review and grant an application if the man’s first wife is unable to bear children or has a disability and gives her permission.
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If web entrepreneur Azad Chaiwala’s dating site looks mundane, it’s because that’s the point.