Bengaluru: Shiv Sena’s Kerala unit on Sunday said it had decided to withdrawn the hartal called on Monday over the Supreme Court verdict allowing women to enter Hindu pilgrim shrine Sabarimala.

“The hartal is being withdrawn taking into account the forecast of heavy rain and issuance of yellow alert in a few districts," a press release from the Siva Sena state committe said.

The Supreme Court on Friday granted women of all ages the right to enter the Sabarimala temple, reversing the Kerala shrine’s tradition of barring girls and women of menstruating age—10-50 years.

The hartal will be held from 6am to 6pm. Shiv Sena will also ask other Hindu outfits to file a review period against the verdict, party officials said at a press conference on Saturday, according to local news channel Manorama News.

While the government has welcomed the verdict, hailing it as a victory for women’s rights, the ruling has sparked a debate among different sections.

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