A father in the southern Indian state of Kerala was arrested and charged with child endangerment after he let his 9-year-old son drive his Ferrari.
Mohammed Nisham permitted his son to drive his Ferrari on his ninth birthday. His mother filmed the boy driving with his 7-year-old brother in the passenger seat. The video went viral on YouTube and sparked outrage in much of India. An economic boom there has created a class of super-wealthy and tales of excess often make headlines.
Nisham, a wealthy tobacco and real estate mogul, owns 18 cars worth an estimated $4 million, Inspector M.V. Verghese said Monday.
"It's not easy for a child to achieve such a feat at this young age,” said the boy’s mother, Amal Nisham, who does not agree that her son was in danger.
"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 told reporters. "I am proud of him. He's been driving since he was 5."
Verghese said investigators will probably impound the vehicle until the case is closed. He said Nisham applied for bail and is expected to turn himself in at the port city of Kochi.