We have seen a number of incidents in the past where the police have filed cases against minors for driving. In one such case, Kerala police has filed a case against Shanavas Abdullah of Kattur in Thrissur for involving his son in ground running training with seniors. A video of Shanavas’ son taking part in training with other bikers has been published online and has already gone viral. Palakkad Town South police have registered a case and the child’s father has come forward and explained that his child was riding a toy bike.
The video report was shared by Manorama News on their YouTube channel. In the video, it is clearly seen that the six year old child is riding a small motorcycle on the track with other bikers as part of the training program. Police said a case was registered against Shanavas Abdullah for allowing his son to ride a motorcycle dangerously with other bikers. The reason given by the police for filing the case was that the children were more likely to be injured during the training session as the bikers were speeding on the track. Bikes used by other bikers were also faster and could easily hit a child while riding the track because they ride faster than a child’s bike.
The training program that the child was participating in was actually conducted before a racing competition which was supposed to be held on 16th and 17th April at Kadangode. Police said a case would also be filed against the organizers of Race Indira Priyadarshini Motor Sports in Kadangode for organizing the training and allowing the child to ride on the track. Police also said that the training was organized without prior permission. They even mentioned that the organizers are not allowed to hold a contest or competition to be held next week. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
As seen in the video, the child is seen riding a motorcycle with the correct riding helmet and a proper riding gear to protect the track. The baby’s father told police officers that all safety precautions were taken before he could get on the track with the seniors. In the video, the child is seen riding a motorcycle with other bikers. Although the baby was wearing the right riding gear, the chances of him getting injured were very high but fortunately nothing like that happened. If the child’s father wanted to train his child, he should have his child alone on the track or with a rider of his age if any.
The bike racing culture in India is slowly growing. Manufacturers like our TVS are offering an opportunity to people who want to get track training from professionals. There are several videos of young bikers running on public roads illegally. This is even more dangerous because they put their lives and the lives of other road users at risk through such races.