Aditi Mittal apologises to Kaneez Surka
Mumbai: Aditi Mittal Wednesday issued an unconditional apology to fellow comic Kaneez Surka for violating her space but said her "intentions were not sexual in nature". Surka accused the comedienne of sexual harassment, claiming the fellow comic "forcibly kissed" her on the mouth two years ago at a comedy show.
Mittal said she gave the improv artiste, who was hosting an open mic, a peck on the lips "as a joke as a part of the act" but "there was no tongue". She had apologised later to Surka when she realised the discomfort
she had caused.
"The intentions were not sexual in nature. I realised that after talking to Kaneez that it was a violation of her space and to this day bothers her very much. For this I am unconditionally sorry," Mittal wrote on Twitter.
She said she and Surka talked about the matter at length in 2017 and her contemporary accepted her unconditional apology.
"We discussed the rampant sexism in AIB which she was just
discovering and promised to have each other's backs in a boys club," Mittal said of the comedy collective of which Surka is an active part.