Magistrate Court of Addu City’s Meedhoo on Thursday ordered police to protect Koagannu cemetery.
The court order came after a private party submitted a complaint that people were damaging the heritage site in Meedhoo.
Some Meedhoo residents said that people have been vandalizing the cemetery for some time, and that some of the tombstones have already been smashed.
They also complained that authorities have not addressed the issue.
Koagannu is the oldest cemetery in the Maldives, which was built about 900 years ago for the purpose of burying the first Muslims of Addu Atoll.
The largest tombstone in the country is also found in this cemetery. It is believed that this tombstone dates back to the 18th century and belongs to one of the royals of the Maldives. Many historical writings of Maldives are found in Koagannu.