Several prominent celebrities have been accused of Sexual harassment in recent days, ranging from Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, to the likes of Rajat Kapoor and director-producer Vikas Bahl, as part of the #MeToo movement which seems to be on a roll lately. However for the first time in the movement, a woman has come out to accuse another woman of sexual harassment.
Comedian Kaneez Surka has alleged that during a show in 2016, fellow female comedian, Aditi Mittal forcibly kissed on her mouth and pushed her tongue inside it.
In an elaborate post, Kaneez has 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.”
However she also cautioned the men reading her post saying, that this is not an opportunity for them to use it for their agendas. “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,” she said.
Kaneez further stated 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.
“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.