In an effort to fight trade imbalance in India, the government has issued a new tax on gold. According to Business Insider, gold is India’s second largest import and purchases have soared as rising incomes in the country sent consumers on a buying streak.  This increase in gold purchasing has resulted in  the flow of money leaving the country to increase and, as a result, the “current account deficit rose to a historic high of 4.8 percent of India’s gross domestic product in the fiscal year that ended in March” of 2013.

In response to this, the Indian government raised import duties on the precious metal three times in 2013 to 10 percent on gold bullion and 15 percent on gold jewelry. The new tax appears to have worked, lowering imports to 32 percent; however, a new issue has risen.

India’s wedding season is in full bloom and, traditionally, Indian brides are adorned in as much elaborate gold jewelry as they can manage. Gold not only functions as a symbol of purity, but doubles as the wife’s insurance against a bad marriage.

The demand for gold, and its ever-increasing price, has led to large, and innovative, ways of smuggling gold into the country through the likes of items such as mobile phones and solid-gold staples.

“When we wear gold, it’s not only the bride who is happy, but her parents as well,” says Abhirami Damodaran, a woman shopping for her wedding jewelry. “They are giving gold as part of a future investment for the new couple.”

Business Insider reports that, in the southern state of Kerala, a local women’s commission is going so far as to propose a law limiting how much gold a bride can wear.

"Going by the number of seizures that have been made at airports and elsewhere, there is enough evidence to say that smuggling probably has doubled this year," said Somasundaram, the India director for the World Gold Council.

For more on India’s gold tax increases, view the full story here.