Comicstaan Judge Kaneez Surka accusses stand-up comedian Aditi Mittal of sexual harassment


On Wednesday, stand-up comedian and Comicstaan judge Kaneez Surka claimed that her fellow stand-up comedian Aditi Mittal "forcibly kissed" her on the mouth, two years ago at a comedy show. Coming out in the wake of #MeToo movement in India, Kaneez alleged Aditi violated  her boundaries of personal choice and “humiliated” her in front of an audience of 100 and many comedians.

The comedy show was organised at Andheri Base, Mumbai

Kaneez further stated that she  mustered the courage to reach out to Aditi a year ago, she first apologised but soon turned hostile towards her, leaving her confused and hurt. And seeing Aditi's name on social media as “a champion of the cause” had been troubling her for some time.

In order to find peace, Kaneez contacted Aditi Mittal on Tuesday via a mutual friend and asked her to come out with a public apology and let her keep her identity secret. But this time Mittal “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 have hurt me further and burdened me with the task of having to do this but I don’t want to be silent anymore,” she added. A public apology for violating her consent would bring her closure, Surka further stated.

On late Wednesday evening, Aditi reacted on Twitter to Kaneez's allegation saying she is ‘unconditionally sorry’.

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