“For us what is important is whether the women and children are protected in polygamous marriages,” the ministry's spokesman Hasan, who uses one name, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
User Fasyiya said he will continue to refer to the app to learn how to juggle his two families.
, Chaiwala, who also started up a Muslim-oriented dating site called Second Wife.com, launched after realizing there was a more general interest in polygamy outside the confines of Muslim communities in the UK, where there are 20,000 polygamous marriages.
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Lawyer Rachmat Dwi Putranto, who deals with marriage matters, said polygamy is “not that easily achieved” as Indonesian courts will only give permission if the first wife is disabled, ill or cannot bear children.
But Indriyati Suparno, a commissioner from the government-backed National Commission on Violence Against Women, said the app was trying to “normalise polygamy”.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.Muslim men can take up to four wives in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, if permission is granted by a court and the first wife gives her consent.“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.Indonesia's Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry said it was up to individuals if they wanted to use the app because polygamy is legal as long as it can be done in a fair manner.Basically, whether you are looking for romance, love, friendship, information, emotional support or just to connect with people you share something in common with, you are in the right place!