Female comedian Kaneez Surka accuses another comedian Aditi Mittal of sexual harassment

Ever since Tanushree Dutta has accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment, several women have come forward with their stories.

In the wake of MeToo movement in India, several prominent personalities have been called out for alleged sexual harassment. While actors Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor and director-producer Vikas Bahl have been accused of sexual harassment, the MeToo waves have also hit the Indian comedy front.

While Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba have stepped away from AIB for the time being, comedian Kaneez Surka has accused fellow comedian Aditi Mittal for violating her consent. She has alleged that in an incident that took place in 2016 during one of her shows, Aditi walked up to the stage, forcibly kissed her on her mouth and put her tongue in her mouth.

In an elaborate post, she has shared her side of the story and written, “I need to tell my story as it happened to me. Two years ago, at a comedy show I was hosting at Andheri Base, in the presence of an audience of 100 and many comedians, Aditi Mittal walked up on stage and forcefully kissed me on my mouth out of the blue and put her tongue in my mouth, while I was still on stage and without my consent. It left me humiliated, shocked and completely stripped of choice.” She went on to say that each person is “entitled to choice and boundaries and she violated mine.”

Kaneez further shared that when she mustered the courage and reached out to her, she “first apologised” but soon “turned hostile” leaving her “confused and hurt”. She has now demanded a public apology from Aditi and also clarified to the men that this is not a retribution but it's for her personal closure.

“Seeing her name all over Twitter as a champion of the cause has been triggering me immensely. Out of my belief that the opportunity to reform is the only way forward, yesterday, once again, I spoke to her through a mutual friend and requested her to come out with a public apology and save me the pain of having to reveal my identity. Despite having acknowledged it earlier, she denied kissing me on the mouth, gaslighted me and asked to cross check. I have proof but I thought we believe the victim. Her actions yesterday hurt me further and burdened me with the task of having to do this but I don't want to be silent anymore. A public apology for violating my consent will be my closure,” read the post.

She added, “To the men reading this, this is not about you or an opportunity for you to use this for your own agendas. This is not retribution but for personal closure. Please respect this.”

Ever since Tanushree Dutta has accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment, several women have come forward with their stories.

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