File image of Kaneez Surka and Aditi Mittal Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Surka, in a long post, gave details about a show where 100s of other comedians were present and while she was on stage performing, Aditi Mittal forcibly kissed her in front of everyone.
The #MeToo movement has gained immense momentum in India in the last few days. Women have called out influential names from media as well as the entertainment line. All of the perpetrators named so far have been men. Except now. One of the most vocal voices of the movement, stand-up comic Aditi Mittal has been accused by fellow comic Kaneez Surka of sexual misconduct.
Surka, in a long post, gave details about a show where 100s of other comedians were present and while she was on stage performing, Aditi Mittal forcibly kissed her in front of everyone. The incident took place two years ago. "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."
Surka stated that she reached out to Mittal post the incident and while at first Mittal apologised, she later turned hostile. "Every person is entitled to choice and boundaries and she violated mine," her post read.
"Seeing her name all over Twitter as a champion of the cause has been triggering me immensely. Out of my disbelief 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 me to cross check," the post further read.
Surka also stated that her note is not an opportunity for any men to use it for their own agendas. "This is not retribution but for personal closure," she signed off.
Both the stars have been actively tweeting about the movement, encouraging women to speak up and call out their abusers. Surka's accusation has given the movement a new angle, making it a bigger debate on how it is not only about women accusing men but of sexual violation of an individual.