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The majority of the app users were men, but there were also about 4,000 women who have registered, the app developer said.
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.
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.
“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.
But Indriyati Suparno, a commissioner from the government-backed National Commission on Violence Against Women, said the app was trying to “normalise 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.
Court officials could not provide figures of how many people in Indonesia are polygamous, but activists say cases of men giving false information to gain permission and manipulation of women are common.They may be from Indonesia or they may actually be from other Asian countries like Thailand, who is working as a freelancer in Bali where there is less competition.The price for Bali freelancers can easily be the most expensive girls in Bali or the cheapest…depending on what you look like, how late it is at night, and your negotiating skills.They don't see options for finding second, third or fourth wives,” he 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.