Shir-Mohammad Dastpish

Born: 25 March 1938, Kata, Boyer-Ahmad 

Murdered in the village of Kata in December 1978


In December 1978, during the upheavals in the village of Kata, when hundreds of Baha’i residents were forced to leave behind their home and livelihood, Shir-Mohammad Dastpish helped them to leave the village safely.  When he was warned by two of his Muslim relatives to immediately leave the village, he refused to do so, saying that he would be the last Baha’i to leave and would stay to help the others.  He was beaten badly as a result.  He then gathered his family together and took them to the nearby village of Falard.  He returned to Kata, and in the afternoon when all the Baha’is had left, he mounted on his motorcycle back towards Falard.  While on the way he was murdered.




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