Polygamy dating service
Users are greeted by a picture of a beaming, multi-cultural family and the proclamation: "We want bigger, stronger families." Speaking to the Sunday Mercury Chaiwala claimed polygamy across all religions is more popular than it has ever been.
The East Midlands businessman intends to use Second to find two more partners – but admits his Leicester wife has concerns.
The 37-year-old dodged questions about whether he was using the app to look for another wife but said he continues to learn about polygamy, after he took on his second wife six years following his first marriage in 2000.“It just happened, this is what God planned for me,” said Fasyiya, who takes turns to see his two wives and five children who live in nearby villages.
The majority of the app users were men, but there were also about 4,000 women who have registered, the app developer said.
Enter “Ayo Poligami” — a new smartphone app developed by Pranayama, which aims to “bring together male users with women who are willing to make ‘big families’.”Loosely translated as “Let’s do polygamy,” the Tinder-style dating app has already stirred up controversy since its April launch in Indonesia, where over 80 percent of the 250 million population are Muslim and polygamy is legal.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMENBut Indriyati Suparno, a commissioner from the government-backed National Commission on Violence Against Women, said the app was trying to “normalize polygamy.” “The reality is women tend to be the victims of domestic violence in a polygamous marriage — polygamy is a form of violence against women,” she said.One said she was more “open minded” than her parents who oppose polygamous relationships.Iyus Yusuf Fasyiyah, who is 37 and married to two women, said he uses the app to discuss with other members the experience of being in a polygamous marriage.“The app gives a stimulus for polygamy to be accepted in society and maybe even compelling women to accept it,” said Tunisa, an activist at Women’s Solidarity for Human Rights.Three female users who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity said they were open to entering into polygamous marriages.