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What were these parents thinking?

Oh yeah--they weren't!

Indian nine-year-old's Ferrari joyride lands father in trouble

Indian police have charged a man for allowing his nine-year-old son to drive his Ferrari.

Police in the southern Indian state of Kerala charged Mohammed Nisham with endangering the life of a child and allowing a minor to drive, Inspector MV Verghese said on Monday.

Nisham's wife filmed the boy driving the sports car on his ninth birthday two weeks ago, with his seven-year-old brother in the passenger seat. The video went viral on YouTube, registering over 1m hits and caused an outrage across India, leading police to file charges.

India's economic boom has created a class of the super-rich, whose excesses are frequently in the news.

Verghese said the boy's father, who has a thriving tobacco and real estate business, owns a stable of 18 cars worth an estimated $4m (£2.6m).

Earlier this month, the 17-year-old son of a local Congress party politician in Maharashtra state was arrested after his SUV killed a toddler. The legal driving age in India is 18.

Nisham has applied for bail and is expected to turn himself in at the police station close to his home near the port city of Kochi, Verghese said.

He said police would most likely impound the Ferrari – which can reach speeds of over 170 miles an hour – while the case is ongoing.

The parents of the boy are unabashed. "I am proud of him. He's been driving since he was five," said Amal Nisham, the boy's mother.

She said he had also driven the family's Lamborghini, Bentley and other cars.

"It was his ninth birthday, and since he was insisting for months, we allowed him to drive the Ferrari. He is a cautious and confident driver," the mother told television channel NDTV.

"It's not easy for a child to achieve such a feat at this young age," she said.

There's a video at:

So much for hitig a two-lane backroad in your dad's old Pinto hatchback at fourteen.


Asked by Ballad at 11:49 PM on May. 6, 2013 in Just for Fun

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  • Oh my gosh! I watched the video, the boy is sitting way forward in the seat to reach the gas pedal, and looks like one hand is on the seat to support himself!! There are other kids on the street. I can't believe parents are that stupid and selfish. Like Kmath said entitled, but I think the parents have an attitude of entitlement as well.

    Answer by ohwrite at 8:40 AM on May. 7, 2013

  • Talk about entitled at a young age. Good luck with that kid when he gets older.

    Answer by kmath at 12:37 AM on May. 7, 2013

  • WOW! Like you said, they WEREN'T thinking!

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 12:02 AM on May. 7, 2013

  • yikes, definately not thinking.

    Answer by tntmom1027 at 12:23 AM on May. 7, 2013

  • Wow. They sound so intelligent.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 12:37 AM on May. 7, 2013

  • That is stupid and idiotic would she have been so proud if her son would have killed someone else or themselves. She needs to get a grip on reality and if I was standing in front of her I would probably kick her in the damn face for being so stupid.

    Answer by Fairymom32 at 2:50 PM on May. 7, 2013

  • And to have his younger brother in the passenger seat ... it's just insane.

    Comment by Ballad (original poster) at 10:40 AM on May. 7, 2013