Government on Monday said 12 cases of exploitation and harassment of women officers have been registered in the armed forces in the last three years.
"Twelve cases of exploitation and harassment of women were registered there and punishment in seven cases has been awarded," Defence A K Antony said in reply to a Lok Sabha query.
"Disciplinary proceedings, Court of Inquiry and General Court Martial are in progress in four cases and one complaint was found to be baseless," he added.
Of the 12 cases, six were registered in the army, five in the air force and one in the navy.
The minister said to check the recurrence of such cases, "orders have been issued on definition of sexual harassment and procedure to deal with such cases and; instructions have been issued emphasising 'zero tolerance' towards these cases."
In reply to another query, Antony said there were 1,012 women officers in the army, excluding the medical corps.
He added that a study carried out by the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters in 2006 had recommended exclusion of women officers from close combat roles.