The video of a nine year old boy driving his father’s Ferrari went viral and led to police in the state of Kerala prosecuting the man. The police caught up with the man, named Muhammed Nisham and filed charges against him. In the words of Inspector M.V. Verghese, this was clearly a case of life endangerment through gross negligence. The man’s wife had filmed the whole act on the boy’s ninth birthday. And if this was not shocking in itself, the boy’s younger brother was in the seat beside him all the while.
When the video entered the Youtube milieu and had over a million hits, India awoke to the danger of copycat acts that may happen across the subcontinent. According to the Guardian, quickly the police moved in and took over the reins. The rise of the rich and famous in India has led to a series of excessive acts by this class of upstarts that are both outrageous and obnoxious. The father of the boy has a booming business and owns a fleet of luxury cars. There have been such similar incidents in the past and the results were not pretty.
The man has applied for bail. Since the driving age in India is 18 years, this case is way off the mark by a wide margin. The sad fact is that even the mother is unrepentant after what happened. She said that she was proud of her son who was a confident driver. In fact, she spoke of how he had been driving their cars ever since he was five years old. Shocking as it may seem, it is the truth according to her. The only question worth asking at this point is: can such guardians get any more irresponsible than this?