Bukittinggi Religious Court Decision No. 434 of 2015

The parties were married on 16 November 2012, after which they had lived with the respondent's parents in Agam. The applicant submitted that after three months of marriage the parties had begun to quarrel regularly because the respondent:

  1. undervalued the applicant as her husband, often directing profane language at the applicant; and
  2. was often unnecessarily jealous because the applicant was a driver, often becoming angry if the applicant returned home late, even refusing to let the applicant enter their home.

Problems escalated in April 2013 after the applicant confronted the respondent for her behaviour. A week after the respondent dismissed the applicant's advice, the applicant left the respondent for his parents' home. The parties had subsequently remained separated for the two years leading up to the proceeding. Accordingly, the applicant requested the Court's permission to divorce the respondent (talak satu raj'i).

The Court acknowledged that the parties' marriage had deterioriated and no longer represented that envisaged by art 1 of Law No. 1 of 1974, art 3 of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, and the Qur'an in surat Ar-Rum, verse 21. It acceded to the applicant's request on the grounds of ongoing conflict, per art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, and art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws.

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