The parties were married on 22 May 2012 and had one child, born on 29 August 2012. By September 2012, however, the parties had begun to quarrel regularly. The plaintiff submitted that this was because the defendant's parents would meddle in their domestic affairs, the defendant had converted to Christianity, and the defendant was an irresponsible parent in all regards. On 22 May 2013, the defendant had left the matrimonial home for no apparent reason, and, since then, had failed to provide the plaintiff with any information as to his whereabouts. The plaintiff's inquiries with the defendant's family and friends were to no avail as they knew nothing. The plaintiff submitted to the court that the purpose of marriage, as envisaged by Law No. 1 of 1974 on Marriage, was no longer attainable.
The court found that information provided by witnesses corroborated with the plaintiff's claim. It noted it was required, pursuant to art 39(1) and (2) of Law No. 1 of 1974 on Marriage, to mediate the parties, and to then identify sufficient reason to grant the parties a divorce in the event mediation was unsuccessful. The court found sufficient reason in the form of ongoing conflict and, pursuant to art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, and art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, granted the plaintiff an irrevocable divorce (talak satu ba'in shughro).