However, he wasn’t as secretive about his intentions.

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The first person who approached us was a 43-year-old businessman, named Shekhar Sharma. While he frequently asked us if we were “okay with having sex with an unknown person”, he refused to tell us why he was so eager to cheat on his wife.

Instant satisfaction Most of the Indian men who approached us on this site wanted to set up a meeting at the earliest, almost as if time was running out.

Amit Sehgal, 49, was a stockbroker and married to someone who is “employed” (he didn’t specify her profession) for over 20 years.

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.

But the female profile had a flurry of requests from potential partners.

A survey conducted across 40 countries last year, by the Pew Research Centre, USA, found that 62% of Indians had no issues indulging in extramarital affairs.

It is no surprise then, that several Indian users seem to have contributed to making a French website — which provocatively calls itself “the first extramarital dating site made by women” — a virtual hit. “You can meet married or attached men and women from all over the world,” it says, while asking the user to “be honest about your marital status.” The irony couldn’t be more palpable.

Soon after gaining popularity, the site also earned its fair share of criticism for “promoting extramarital affairs”.

But that doesn’t seem to have hampered its success rate.