Mumbai: Stand-up comedian Kaneez Surka has accused fellow colleague and female comedian Aditi Mittal of sexually harassing her when the former was hosting a show at Andheri Base in 2016.
Kaneez says Aditi kissed her without her consent and later tried to gaslight her by saying it never happened.
Kaneez wrote on Twitter, “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.”
— Kaneez Surka (@kaneezsurka) October 10, 2018
Kaneez said that when she had finally mustered the courage and reached out to Aditi last year to talk about the incident, the latter “first apologised” but soon “turned hostile.”
Surka also said she contacted Mittal this week through a third-party and asked the comedian to issue a public apology. However, Sukra said, Mittal denied the incident took place.
“Despite having acknowledged it earlier, she denied kissing me on the mouth, gaslighted me and asked to cross check…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,” Sukra said.