Late last month, Mohammed Nisham posted a video of his nine-year-old son driving a Ferrari F430 Scuderia on YouTube. Poor guy had no idea of the mess he was getting himself into.
According to media reports, boy drove the car through Shoba City in the Thrissur district of Kerala. And the Kerala [India] police have now charged Nisham under the Juvenile Justice Act and Motor Vehicles Act for “encouraging underage driving” and “allowing an unlicensed child to drive”.
Despite the outrage from a lot of people (I wonder how many were just jealous), the family was standing their ground. Mom and dad (mom actually shot the video) praised their son’s driving skills and claimed that he’d also driven several other cars owned by the family, including a Lamborghini and Bentley. According to an AP story, the boy’s mother, Amal Nisham, said, “I am proud of him. He’s been driving since he was 5.”
In a televised interview, Mrs. Nisham added that, “It was his 9th birthday, and since he was insisting for months, we allowed him to drive the Ferrari. He is a cautious and confident driver.”
But one has to wonder why the parents didn’t insist that their son and his brother (age 5 and riding shotgun) wear seatbelts.