Men of letters joined hands with women writers here on Saturday to express their solidarity with 19-year-old girl from Tenali, who is struggling to come to terms with life after the tragic death of her mother, who fought a group of drunken miscreants.

The writers assembled in front of the statue of Mother Teresa and paid homage to the “brave mother” of the girl and vowed to take a lead to fight against the social ills.

Prakasam District Rachaytrula Vedika honorary president T. Aruna said educated people should shed their indifference to increasing crime against women.

The elite should play a pivotal role to stir the collective consciousness of society and end the social malady, vedika president P. Rajayalakshmi said.

Members of the Prakasam District Rachayatula Sangham Nune Ankamma Rao, P.V. Krishna, Kurra Prasad, B. Ramakrishna, Mahboon Jan, A. Sastri, M. Mallikarjun, A. Prasad, Bharadwaja, and Obul Reddy were among those who joined the protest.

They also decided to oppose the so-called fashion show planned later this month in the city, contending that such shows projected women in bad light.