India’s legal profession has faced an alarming increase in joblessness, with many working for just one company.
A new report, coxlaw.org, published Tuesday suggests that lawyers are working more hours than ever, and their salaries are not keeping up with their productivity.
Coxlaw reports that the number of lawyers working in India jumped by 1.6 million between 2014 and 2015, a rise of 17.8 percent.
The increase is mostly due to an increase in lawyers working for a number of different companies, including some for which they had previously worked in different companies.
According to coxlaws data, more than 40 percent of lawyers in India worked in a different company than where they started their career.
The report notes that the percentage of lawyers that started their careers in one company and subsequently switched to another rose by 15 percent.
The rise in lawyers being in different places, with their pay being reduced, has not gone unnoticed by the government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been vocal about legal jobs being scarce in the country, said in April that he was “very worried” about the legal profession in the world.
The report cites an alarming number of suicides and accidents among lawyers.
The number of cases filed against lawyers rose from 3,621 in 2013 to 7,834 in 2015.
There were also reports of more than 1,000 lawyers being fired each year between 2014-2015, and more than 3,000 had their cases dismissed before trial.
While the rise in legal jobs in India has not been limited to the legal sector, it has been observed by other countries that have high levels of legal education as well.
China, for example, has a law school that is ranked as one of the top 50 law schools in the United States.
The country also has a large number of universities and universities that offer degrees in various fields, and the number is expected to continue to grow.
India is currently facing a national debate on what to do about the shortage of lawyers.
In November, the Supreme Court of India held a hearing on whether it is legal for a lawyer to file a complaint if he or she cannot get a meeting with a judge.
The court said the law does not mandate a lawyer’s right to file an FIR, which is a legal document that has to be registered in order to sue for redressal, unless the lawyer has “reasonable grounds” for believing that his or her case is being treated unfairly.