Bolstered by the site’s success, Chaiwala has also launched a dating service for all faiths, Polygamy.com, a website which carries the banner "Welcome to the world of polygamy" - which has attracted more than 7,000 members since it launched earlier this year.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.It ends up in a deteriorating relationship between the husband and first wife." In the UK it is illegal to have multiple wives - with bigamy carrying a maximum prison sentence of seven years.Chaiwala claims that he is not promoting a criminal act and says his religion allows a man to have up to four wives, as long as they are in agreement with the arrangement.The 33-year-old entrepreneur believes in his product so much that he plans to select his next two wives from the company.The site has proved so successful among Muslim men that another site, this time for Westerners, has opened for business – and is especially popular with women.The app, which used a Tinder-like swiping system to express willingness to connect with another user, counted around 40 percent of women among its users.Gender-specific chat rooms allowed users to share their experiences with polygamy or ask for advice.
For an Indonesian husband to enter a polygamous marriage, he needs to demonstrate his wife’s consent and receive permission from an Islamic court (these have jurisdiction over marriage), to confirm his wife is unable to fulfill her duties, for instance due to being terminally ill, infertile or disabled.
"Even before the app, polygamy has already been rampant.
The app gives a stimulus for polygamy to be accepted in society, and maybe even compels women to accept it."Reuters spoke to three female users of the app, who were open to entering a polygamous relationship, but preferred to remain annonymous.
"It is not acceptable and puts individuals very much at risk, it puts them at a huge disadvantage.
"They think they are doing the right thing, but it does put them at risk in terms of the financial situation." The MP said it was a concern that they have emerged at a time when an increasing number of Muslim relationships are breaking down.
According to Pranayama, who is so far married to only one woman, these checks will ensure some form of quality control over the platform’s users.