Flyers which state that women wearing burkas or niqabs are “good Muslims” while those who do not are “whores” are being probed by Austrian cops.
According to local media, several of the flyers were found in the southern part of the Austrian state of Lower Austria.
The bizarre flyers feature images of women dressed in the all-covering Islamic burka and niqab garbs with the text “good Muslims” written above the images in German.
An image of a woman with her hair flowing freely has the word “whore” written above it in German.
The header on the flyer reads: “Obey! Cover yourself, for Allah! We want just Islam!”
An Arabic sword can be seen in the top right corner and the police in Lower Austria said they are investigating the matter.
A police spokesman said: “We have not yet sent the case to the prosecutor for review. The prosecutor must then decide on possible further investigations.”
It is not yet clear who published and spread the flyers.
The cops said they are keeping all possibilities, from radical Islamists to even far-right provocateurs, open.
The police spokesman said: “Even if it was meant as a joke or hatred in the context of carnival it could have unpleasant consequences for the author.”
The flyers were distributed among people and left on the streets in the city of Wiener Neustadt and the town of Warth, where at the time a local carnival parade was going on.
Austria implemented a full nationwide face veil ban on 1st October 2017, which saw the country banning the burka, niqab and similar garbs which cover the entire face.
The fine for wearing a burka, niqab or any garb covering the face from the chin to the hairline is 150 EUR (129 GBP) in Austria.