Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Father lets 9-year-old use Ferrari

A nine-year-old Indian boy was allowed to drive his father's Ferrari

An Indian father who let his nine-year-old son drive his Ferrari has been arrested.

Mohammed Nisham was charged endangering the life of a child and allowing a minor to drive and released on bail

Nisham's wife Amal filmed the boy driving the sports car on his ninth birthday two weeks ago with his five-year-old brother in the passenger seat. The video was widely watched on YouTube and created an outrage across India, causing police to file charges.

India's economic boom has created a class of super-rich, whose excesses are frequently in the news. Nisham, who has a tobacco and property business, owns 18 cars worth an around £2.5 million.

Police have impounded the Ferrari, but it will be returned to him in a few days after paperwork for the case has been completed.

The boy's parents were unabashed. "I am proud of him. He's been driving since he was five," said his mother. She said the boy has also driven the family's Lamborghini and 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," she said. "It's not easy for a child to achieve such a feat at this young age."

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