Sinabang Shari'a Court Decision No. 66 of 2015: Irrevocable Divorce Granted

The parties were married on 14 September 1987 and had four children. Initially, the parties' marriage had been harmonious. By August 2004, however, it had become quarrelsome. The plaintiff submitted that this was because the defendant had a tendency to become jealous, which often became the source of an argument. In December 2014, when the plaintiff returned home late one night, the defendant accused her of having been in the company of another man. The defendant then struck the plaintiff in the cheek and shoulder. In the beginning of June 2015, the defendant accused the plaintiff of having an extra-marital affair, which the plaintiff denied. In the ensuing argument, the defendant threatened to kill the plaintiff and throw hydrochloric acid in her face. Since then, the parties had slept in separate rooms, and the defendant had failed to provide the plaintiff with any financial or emotional support.

Feeling unable to cope any longer with the defendant's behaviour, the plaintiff requested that the court grant her an irrevocable divorce (talak satu bain sughra). The court, pursuant to art 39(2) of Law No. 1 of 1974 on Marriage, art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, and art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, acceded to the plaintiff's request on the grounds of ongoing conflict.

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