09/01/2016 3:00 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Ouch! CJI Says Lawyers Have No Value In Marriage Market

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 26: (L-R) Judge Supreme Court of India Justice TS Thakur and Chief Justice of India and executive chairman of National Legal Service Authority Justice HL Dattu during the inauguration of Mass legal literacy campaign and opening of legal literacy clubs in schools and colleges in Delhi organized by Delhi state legal service authority at Vigyan Bhawan on October 27, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The campaign will cover 900 government schools tomorrow where resource persons, including judiciary officers and lawyers would have interactive sessions with children selected by their respective school principals as a part of the legal literacy club. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Chief Justice of India TS Thakur today that the prospect of getting a bride was "bleak" for a lawyer as compared to those in other professions like civil services.

"...In the marriage market also the lawyer has no value."

"In the marriage market, they say your son is IAS officer, ok yes, IFS, IPS and so on but when you say lawyer, they say no no...there is no value in marriage market. But if you raise your value and make it tougher to get into the profession, I am sure the marriage market will also improve," the CJI said.

Justice Thakur said, with over 2 million lawyers in the country, the legal profession has got over crowded which has resulted in malpractices and lowering the value of lawyers.

"There were times you would go for LLB when you were unable to get admitted anywhere else...Now today you have two million lawyers in the country. There is crowd now. Today the Bar council can say that we have enough of the lawyers.

"You cannot stop anyone from becoming a lawyer but you can certainly raise the bar, raise the standard who said that every third division marks candidate can become lawyer...let him become clerk or let him become something else...why should a bar be such a place for the people who are not accepted anywhere else," Justice Thakur said.

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