But the female profile had a flurry of requests from potential partners.
During our interactions, the reasons the men shared with us for cheating ranged from boredom, to an inactive sex life and even general intimacy issues.
It’s really overwhelming to see people relate to this and connect it to a bigger problem.
It’s part of conservative Indian culture that a woman should not go out after dark and if you do you’re not considered to be a homely family.”The CV emerged amid the outcry over the comments of one of the men sentenced to death for the 2012 gang rape and murder of a Delhi student who said that she was to blame for her own death.
Also, let’s face it, in a burgeoning single women population, successful women now prefer to remain unhitched.
Or as a friend in the corporate sector puts it, "Besides, most men in India in the 35 plus age bracket are all married with kids or are gay." The truth, however, is far from these two extremes.
But that doesn’t seem to have hampered its success rate.
In a bid to understand what it is that leads married men and women in India to cheat on their partners, we decided to interact with some firsthand.
We created two profiles on the site (with no photographs) — one of a 30-year-old married man, and the other, a 30-year-old married woman, both from Mumbai.
No female appeal As expected, our male profile got no takers.
And yet, caught between causal dating and legitimised marriage are more single women who seem to be either taking their singlehood in their own hands or just going with the flow, not attaching the usual societal stigma to an interested suitor, never mind if he comes with a wedding band firmly fixed on his left index finger, and his wife’s picture as his Facebook profile photo. Or is the very moral fabric of our culture now moulding itself to bridge the gnawing urban loneliness that is staring us in the face?
Why aren’t eyebrows raised any more when a girlfriend confesses to a steamy one night stand with her boss on an overseas trip and why is the perception of the "other woman" in Bollywood no longer one of the slutty home-wrecker, an unstable, drunk, morally deviant single woman?
"Maybe everyone is becoming commitment phobic at some level, and the millennials no longer harbour hope of being with someone for eternity.