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Man arrested after letting his kids take Ferrari for a joyride in Kerala

Published April 29, 2013
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Remember that viral video of two cute kids joyriding the streets of Kerala, India, in a Ferrari? Two cute kids who were so young they could barely see over the dash? And who weren’t wearing a seatbelt?

Yeah, that video.

Turns out the police didn’t think it was so cute.

The Times of India reported that the video, also known as the kind of evidence that makes police work easy, sparked nationwide “outrage” and prompted police in Kerala to arrest the boys’ father, Mohammed Nisham. Nisham’s son, the one behind the wheel of the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, is just 9 years old, the Times said.

Related: Click here for the original “joyride” article

Nisham has been charged with encouraging underage driving and allowing an unlicensed minor to drive the vehicle. He was released on bail on Monday, but there’s no word yet on what penalties he may face.

Nisham’s wife filmed the boy driving the sports car on his ninth birthday two weeks ago with his 5-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.

The boy’s father, who has a thriving tobacco and real estate business, owns 18 cars worth an estimated $4 million, police said.

The boy’s parents were unabashed by the incident. In fact, they were pretty much bursting with pride.

“I am proud of him. He’s been driving since he was 5,” said his mother, Amal Nisham.

She said the boy has also driven the family’s Lamborghini and Bentley and other cars.

“He is a cautious and confident driver,” she told television channel NDTV.

“It’s not easy for a child to achieve such a feat at this young age.”

Oh, and in case you’ve forgotten, here’s that YouTube video of the kids practising to have Dad thrown in the slammer.

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