NEW DEHLI, December 11 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of India ruled on Wednesday that same-sex relations are considered to be an act of crime, NDTV news channel reports.

This ruling annuls the 2009 descision of The Supreme Court of Dehli, which ruled that close relations between two consenting adults of the same sex is not a crime. The 2009 ruling was protested by the opponents of same sex relations, secular and religious activists from Muslim, Hindu and Christian communities. They branded the 2009 verdict as “amoral”, and called it alien to Indian culture.

The provision imposing liability for same-sex relations in India adtes back to colonial times. Real trials are seldom held however, the provision imposes a fine or 10 years in prison sentence.