The award for Indulgent Parent of the Year may just go to successful rich person Mohammed Nisham of Kerala, India, who was arrested after he let his son, 9, drive his Ferrari and immortalized the event by posting it on Youtube.com. It almost goes without saying that there are many fathers, owners of Ferrari’s, who won’t let their sons, 35 and over, drive their Ferraris, a fact that makes this case so remarkable.
Nisham, who is the owner of a successful tobacco and real-estate business, is reportedly worth about $4 million and owns about 18 cars, including the Ferrari.
It seems that it was the boy’s 9th birthday on April 15, 2013, and his loving parents decided that he was such a good boy that as a reward they would grant his persistent request to drive the Ferrari, which probably went something like this: Please, please, please can I drive the Ferrari — I promise not to crash.
“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. I am proud of him,” said his mother, Amal Nisham, who was not arrested. She added that her son had been driving since he was five, “It’s only because my son is driving a Ferrari that it is being made an issue.” It seems that the parents think he has some real driving talent and want to encourage it the way some parents encourage their kids to play football.
In a side note, not only did these proud parents let the child drive a Ferrari, something most of us will never have an opportunity to do no matter how old we are, or how well we drive, but they let him drive with his brother, 5, riding shotgun.
Police caught up with Nisham on April 29 and charged him with endangering the life of a child and allowing a minor to drive. He posted bail, about $90 bucks, and was released.