Over 400 cases of crime against women, including rape, have been disposed of in trial courts across the country last month, said Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Saturday.

There is need to pay more attention to crimes against women, elderly and children, the Chief Justice told the first Convocation of Rajiv Gandhi National Law University here.

Fast track courts are being set up in consultations with the Central and State governments for expeditious disposal of cases, he said.

Voicing concern over increasing cases of crime against women, Justice Kabir said High Courts have been asked to coordinate with State governments for infrastructure needed for setting up these special courts.

Expressing concern over pendency of cases in the apex court, he said two more courts will be set up in the Supreme Court.

He stressed the need for separate hearing of civil and criminal cases in the Supreme Court.

He also asked women to adopt law as a profession.

He said there has been an increase in recent times in the number of women opting for a career in law.

The Convocation took place at the new campus of the University in Sidhuwal village. Some 173 students of the University were given degrees.

Punjab & Haryana High Court Chief Justice A. K. Sikri was among those present on the occasion. - PTI