Bantul Religious Court Decision No. 1227 of 2014: Irrevocable Divorce

The parties were married on 28 November 1994. In September 2012 and after 18 years of marriage, however, the defendant left the plaintiff. The plaintiff submitted that, since June 2004, the marriage had been quarrelsome. This was the result of the defendant becoming angry and easily agitated by the smallest of problems, resulting in his use of profane language and threatening to divorce the plaintiff. In addition, the defendant often resorted to physical violence towards the defendant, slapping and hitting the plaintiff to the extent that the plaintiff had incurred nerve damage to her right eye for which she was still receiving medical treatment.

Since their separation in September 2012, there had been no physical intimacy between the parties, and the defendant had not provided the plaintiff with any financial support. The defendant also failed to attend court, despite having been summonsed formally. The court, pursuant to art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, in conjunction with art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, granted the plaintiff an irrevocable divorce (talak satu Ba'in Sughro) on the grounds of ongoing conflict.

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