India’s Supreme Court has upheld a 19th-century law making homosexual acts a crime, overturning an earlier court decision.
The court ruled Wednesday that a 2009 High Court decision to strike down the law was unconstitutional. It said that decision should be made by Indian lawmakers, not the legal system.
The ruling was a blow to gay rights advocates, who largely expected the 2009 ruling to be upheld. Activists outside the courtroom told reporters the law allows police harassment of gay couples.
Lawyer Anand Grover said gay rights activists will continue to fight.