Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya stoked a controversy, saying that Muslims use Triple Talaq to change wives and satisfy their lust.
Maurya’s comment comes at a time when the issue is being debated at all forums.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Muslim community to ensure that the triple talaq issue was not "politicised", and hoped that intellectuals from the community would come forward to fight the practice.
Addressing an event marking the birth anniversary of Kannada philosopher Basaveshwar here, Modi voiced the hope that Muslims in India would "show the path of modernity" to their counterparts across the world.
"There is so much debate on the triple talaq these days. Looking at the great tradition of India, my mind is filled with the hope that powerful people will emerge from the community in this country (to) eradicate outdated practices, evolve modern systems," he said.
In his 40-minute speech, the prime minister spoke about women's empowerment, equality and good governance. (With PTI Inputs)