[Narendra] Dabholkar, who founded the Committee for the Eradication of Blind Faith
two decades ago, encountered opposition over the bill from Hindu
nationalists who feared it could be used to curb religious freedoms.
Dabholkar. 71, was shot
dead Tuesday by two unidentified gunmen on motorbikes. The assassination
brought business to a standstill and protesters into the streets. Now "The
Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman,
Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill" appears to have some chance of
Details were not yet
available but an earlier draft proposed bans on beating a person to exorcise
ghosts and on raising money by claiming to work miracles.