AIB squad is in trouble! After Utsav Chakraborty, Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, now, Aditi Mittal’s name has also appeared in the list of offenders. The fellow female stand-up comedian Kaneez Surka accused Aditi Mittal of sexually harassing her when the former was hosting a show at Mumbai’s Andheri in 2016. Hours later, Aditi wrote an apology while justifying the act as a “joke”.
Kaneez took to Twitter, putting allegations on Aditi that she forcefully kissed her on the mouth. She wrote,
“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. Every person is entitled to choice and boundaries and she violated mine. While I mustered the courage to reach out to her a year ago, she first apologised but soon turned hostile towards me, leaving me confused and hurt. Kaneez further said, “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. Kaneez also 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.”
After posting this, Kaneez demanded a public apology from Aditi for her act which she considered a sexual offense. Aditi was so quick to reply to her on Twitter and she wrote,
“a peck on the lips (there was no tongue) as a joke as a part of the act”.
Aditi also added that the two already had discussed the matter earlier and sorted it out. And Aditi ended the post with “Kaneez, I am sorry”.